Women's Volleyball Closes Home & Regular Season Schedules With Wins Over Converse & Winston-Salem State

Women's Volleyball Closes Home & Regular Season Schedules With Wins Over Converse & Winston-Salem State

The Belmont Abbey women's volleyball team wrapped up the 2015 regular season as well as the home schedule with a pair of home victories, posting an easy 3-0 sweep over Converse and a 3-1 win over Winston-Salem State in the regular season finale. Belmont Abbey is now 16-13 overall and the win over Converse finalizes the Conference Carolinas record at 9-7. 

The Crusaders finished the year tied for second with Barton in the Conference Carolinas North Division, but by virtue of the Bulldogs two wins over Belmont Abbey, the Crusaders will be seeded third in the north and will travel to Limestone, the south's two seed, in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament Tuesday night at 6:30.

In the opening match of the day, the Crusaders needed just 57 minute to dismiss Converse by scores of 25-7, 25-11 and 25-9. Belmont Abbey hit a sparkling .362 while holding the Valkyries to a -.078.

Senior Caitlin Hankins hit a robust .818, knocking down nine kills on 11 attacks with no errors. Hannah Schellenberg added eight as she hit .333. Gabby Martinez handed out 28 assists to go along with an ace. Sarah Kenney had three aces with Keely Denkman adding a pair.

Defensively, Schellenberg's 12 digs led all players with Martinez adding nine. Hankins added a pair of block solos.

In the nightcap, a 3-1 win over Winston-Salem State, the Crusaders won the final three sets after dropping the opener to close the home schedule. Scores were 23-25, 25-10, 25-13 and 25-16. 

Schellenberg's 24 kills led all players, with Hankins adding 13 as she hit .409. Martinez handed out 49 assists. Schellenberg and Leah Gunter both had two service aces.

Defensively, Schellenberg's 18 digs led all players with Kenney adding 13, Aimee Cloninger 12 and Gunter 10.

Hankins, like in the earlier match, dominated the net with three block solos.